The deadline to apply for this grant is November 17, 2014. Due to a system transition, the link to complete your application will be not be available until September 15 at the earliest and September 30 at the latest. Please visit this web page closer to September 15 for updates.

Please prepare your materials according to the application instructions below. We strongly recommend that you gather and prepare your application materials now. Once the link is available, it will be posted here for you to fill out a short form, upload your attachments, and submit the application.

Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
The Conservation Guest Scholar Program at the Getty Conservation Institute supports new ideas and perspectives in the field of conservation, with an emphasis on the visual arts (including sites, buildings, objects) and the theoretical underpinnings of the field.

The program provides an opportunity for professionals to pursue scholarly research in an interdisciplinary manner across traditional boundaries in areas of interest to the international conservation community. For additional information on the program and to see a list of current scholars, please visit the Getty Conservation Institute's Website.

Applications are welcome from conservators, scientists, and professionals who have attained distinction in conservation and related fields. Applicants should have at least five years experience in the field of conservation and should have an established record of publications and other contributions to the field. Grants are not intended to fund research for the completion of an academic degree.

The GCI will consider proposals that require use of the GCI Science laboratories; however use is dependent upon availability of lab facilities and staff time and cannot be guaranteed.

Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities.

Conservation Guest Scholars are in residence at the Getty Center for three or six consecutive months between late September and June, according to the preference indicated by the applicant on their online application, and dependent upon scheduling and other issues. A monthly stipend of $3,500 is awarded, prorated to the actual dates of residency.

In addition to the stipend, the grant also includes a workstation at the Conservation Institute, research assistance, airfare to Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Conservation Guest Scholar Grants support research to be undertaken while in residence at the Getty. Nonresidential research and travel are not supported by this grant.

Application Availability and Deadline
Complete application materials are now accepted online only. The next deadline for this grant will be November 17, 2014.

Applicants are notified of the Getty Conservation Institute's decision in late spring 2015.

Review Process
Conservation Guest Scholar Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are reviewed by committee and evaluated by the Conservation Institute based on: an applicant's past achievements; their qualifications to undertake the project; how the project would benefit from the resources at the Getty, including its library and collections; and how the project would contribute to the advancement of practice in the conservation field.

How To Apply
Please prepare your application attachments according to the instructions below. Once the form link is available it will be posted here and you may proceed to register, fill out a short form, upload your materials, and submit the application.

  1. Project Proposal: Each application must include a description in English of the applicant's proposed research (not to exceed five pages, typed and double-spaced). The proposal should include the following distinct sections: (1) project description (please specify which of the project's components would be pursued while in residence at the Getty); (2) methodology; (3) expected outcome; (4) project contribution to the advancement of practice in the conservation field; (5) applicant's qualifications to execute project; and (6) benefits to project from resources at the Getty.

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. Selected Bibliography (not to exceed two pages, typed and single-spaced): Cite scholarly works, other than your own, that are important to the project and place the project in its intellectual framework.

  4. Supplemental Materials (optional): Applicants are welcome to submit a single writing sample in support of their proposal. Such material should not exceed twenty pages in length.

Please address written inquiries to:

Attn: Conservation Guest Scholar Grants
The Getty Foundation
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1685

Phone: (310) 440-7374
Fax (inquiries only): (310) 440-7703